Dr Sue Walker is a Professor in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education at QUT. Her research interests include epistemic beliefs and teachers’ practice; early childhood social development including the development of moral values and executive function; child outcomes in relation to inclusive early childhood education programs; early intervention and the transition to school. Dr Walker has extensive expertise in survey methodology and quantitative data analysis and particular expertise in working with large longitudinal data sets through her work with Growing up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). She also has experience of data analysis using linked NAPLAN data within the LSAC dataset. Dr Walker is currently a Chief Investigator on two ARC Discovery projects: “Educating preservice teachers to teach diverse learners” which is exploring how teacher educators’ epistemic reflexivity and broader contextual factors enable or constrain their pedagogical approaches that are focused on preparing preservice teachers to teach to diversity and “Whose behaviour is and is not managed in the early years of school, why and with what effects?” which is following longitudinally 240 children from disadvantaged communities through the first five years of primary school to explore the child and classroom characteristics that predict why some children begin to engage in disruptive behaviour. She is also a Chief Investigator on an ARC Linkage project “Building executive function in imaginary play” which is an intervention project designed to enhance the executive functioning of kindergarten children prior to the transition to school.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Dr Walker has an in depth understanding of current research in education and early development including international evidence on best practice and early childhood intervention.